Tips to help you manage Invisalign aligners by Invisalign in Sheffield
Have you just been given the green light to begin using invisible aligners?
Congratulations! Over the next few months, you will get to experience one of the most modern of all orthodontic treatments, helping you to get the straighter smile you want without any discretion issues. Great stuff!
At Dee Kay Dental, our team knows all there is to know about Invisalign in Sheffield and will identify whether this is the right aligner for you. We will also answer any questions you have about the treatment and daily management.
Here, our team at Dee Kay Dental provides some top-quality tips on how to manage Invisalign in Sheffield during those first few weeks. Enjoy!
One of the key points about Invisalign in Sheffield is that they are removable aligners.
And as such, you don’t need to waste time using interdental brushes to clean them. However, there are still some requirements to keep the aligners clean and your teeth and gums healthy.
For starters, you will need to wash your aligners at least twice a day; this will help to prevent tooth decay and keep them, well, clear! To do this, simply rinse the aligners under a cool tap, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any stubborn debris. If this doesn’t work, you may want to invest in an aligner cleaning solution, which typically involves soaking the aligners to remove stains.
Under any circumstances, do not try to remove stains or debris from invisible aligners using hot water; this can cause the aligners to warp.
To understand why dental wax is a must-have when wearing invisible aligners, you will first need to know how invisible aligners are made.
They are printed using a 3D printer that matches them to your teeth at each stage of the realigning process; typically, 14 aligners will be printed.
But, as is the way with 3D printers, some of the aligners may be a bit sharp when first placed against the soft tissues in your mouth, causing friction sores and ulcers. To alleviate this, we recommend using dental wax. Placed against the sharp corners, this wax will help to cushion your mouth against the sharper bits of the aligner until they naturally wear down.
As you may know, invisible aligners are removable, and as such, they have to be placed against your teeth properly for them to work.
This may sound simple, but for many people who are new to using aligners, it can be a bit tricky for them to place the aligners correctly, especially if they are swapping between aligners. To help ensure that the aligners fit correctly, our team may recommend that you invest in chewies. Chewies are reusable pieces of plastic that you can chew on when you put an aligner in; this helps the aligner slot over the molars and other teeth correctly.
For your aligners to work, you will need to keep an eye on the time.
In most cases, we will recommend keeping your aligners in for 22 hours a day. If you are unable to do this, your treatment may slow down and your teeth may revert to their former positions.